What Is Listening Comprehension and What Does It Take to Improve Listening Comprehension?

  • Young-Suk Grace KimEmail author
  • Heather Pilcher
Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 13)


One’s ability to listen and comprehend spoken language of multiple utterances and oral texts (i.e., listening comprehension) is one of the necessary component skills in reading and writing development. In this chapter, we review theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence of listening comprehension development and improvement. A review of correlational and intervention studies indicates that many language and cognitive skills contribute to listening comprehension, including working memory, attention, vocabulary, grammatical knowledge, inferencing, theory of mind, and comprehension monitoring. Although limited in number, studies indicate that these skills are malleable. We conclude that listening comprehension instruction should be an integral part of reading and writing instruction, incorporating these multiple language and cognitive skills. Instruction on these components can be incorporated into existing instruction such as bookreading or reading comprehension instruction.


Listening comprehension Vocabulary Language Cognitive Intervention Reading comprehension Writing 



Work on this chapter was supported by NRF-2010-330-B00299 from the National Research Foundation of Korea, and R305A130131 and R305F100027 from Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education to the first author. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agencies. We would like to thank the funding agencies, and study participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Education and Florida Center for Reading ResearchFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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